Traveling with babies can be easy—really! There’ll never be another time when your kids are so portable, and as long as they have a few simple needs met, they’re the best travel companions. Check out these three nearby destinations (close enough to high-tail it back if things go south) for a mini-vacation with baby.
Crafts and More in Canton
Why it’s great for young families: Plenty of activities for tots to run and splash around, all year round.
Sleeping arrangements: Mill Creek Ranch Resort cabins have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and washer/dryer. If you need a break, leave baby with Dad and get some much-needed R&R at the on-site spa.
What to do: Hit the First Monday Trade Days for fashion and decor. Enjoy old-fashioned carnival rides, live music and barnyard animals at Yesterland Farm’s seasonal festivals. And, in the heat of summer, dive into Splash Kingdom Water Park; the Kid’s Castle—featuring 11 slides and several splash toys in 10 inches of water—is big fun for little ones.
Mill Creek Ranch Resort // 1880 N. Trade Days Blvd., Canton, 877/927- 3439
First Monday Trade Days // First Monday Lane, Canton, 903/567-6556
Yesterland Farm // 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/567-2255
Splash Kingdom Water Park // 18814 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/567-0044
The Great Outdoors in Glen Rose
Why it’s great for young families: Even the littlest travelers are thrilled by exploring animals and nature.
Sleeping arrangements: Rough Creek Lodge is ideal for the onsite activities—like the petting zoo and playground—and for the individual cabins that let families have room to stretch. Cribs and high chairs are available upon request, and babysitting services can be arranged at an additional cost.
What to do: By day, hit Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World for some communing with nature prehistoric-style. The nearby Fossil Rim Wildlife Center allows you to feed endangered species from the comfort of your own car so you can introduce baby to zebras and giraffes without unbuckling the car seat. By night, head to Brazos Drive-In. Lull the little one to a peaceful sleep in the car and then grab the popcorn and enjoy the feature.
Rough Creek Lodge // 5165 County Road 2013, Iredell, 254/965-3700
Dinosaur Valley State Park // 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/897-4588
Dinosaur World // 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/898-1526
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center // 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, 254/897-2960
Brazos Drive-In // 1800 W. Pearl St., Granbury, 817/573-1311
Sweet Times in Waco
Why it’s great for young families: Kid-friendly museums and plenty of sugary treats make this little town big fun.
Sleeping arrangements: Hotel Indigo, located in the heart of downtown Waco, features an indoor-outdoor pool with a baby-friendly shallow end to splash around, and a hot tub for Mom and Dad. In front of the hotel, hop aboard the free trolley to explore downtown Waco (complete with a stop at Waco’s candy haven, Hey Sugar).
What to do: Taste the 23 flavors at the Dr Pepper Museum, then walk just one street over to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ famed Magnolia Market. Plenty of food trucks, an on-site cupcake shop, a turf field and a co-ed bathroom equipped with changing tables make Magnolia perfect for families. For a dose of history, venture over to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame or interact with natural science and cultural history at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum.
Hotel Indigo // 211 Clay Ave., Waco, 254/754-7000
Dr Pepper Museum // 300 S. Fifth St., Waco, 254/757-1025
Magnolia Market at the Silos // 601 Webster Ave., Waco, 254/235-0603
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum // 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, 254/750-8631
Mayborn Museum // 1300 S. University Parks, Waco, 254/710-1110